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2012 Double Eagle US Red Blend "Red Wine"

Winery: Double Eagle

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Red Wine"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 44% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, & 20% Cabernet Franc

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $85

Cases produced: 1,924

KWG Score: 92 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: January 28, 2015

Wine Review: This opaque and very dark ruby colored red wine from Double Eagle opens with a pleasant black cherry and mild oak bouquet with a hint of boysenberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and rather dry. The flavor profile is a tasty and distinctive black cherry and oak blend like the bouquet. I also detected hints of cassis and plum. The finish is very dry and its big tannins stick around for quite some time. This big boy red blend benefits from decanting in the near term and will go nicely with a well-marbled ribeye. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Since our initial vintage in 2006 and have blended the best barrels of three varietals together to make our small quantities of Double Eagle. The Cabernet Sauvignon contributes strength, tannin and cedar, the Merlot contributes the lovely dusty plum and the Cabernet Franc brings beautiful violets and lavender. 2012 was the first warm vintage since 2007 and quite a wonderful growing season. We harvested about two weeks early with each varietal and the fruit arrived at the winery in beautiful condition after one sort in the vineyard. The wine has expressive aromas of cedar, dusty plum, caramelized anise, cassis, cocoa and coffee. The wine has long lingering flavors of plum, anise, shiitake mushroom and lavender with a beautiful bright savory acidity at the finish.

Organic status: not organic

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